Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 12/14

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.

Joe Hesh

Batman Curse of the White Knight # 5 (DC) Opening with one of the best funeral speeches I have heard in a comic, Sean Murphy kills this one again. His Batman may not be my ideal Batman or his voice but the world around him, he has to a tee. Everyone of the characters he writes is so alive and has purpose and you do not ever just feel like they are talking heads wasting time till the big action sequence.
He has finally crafted a story where you really feel that Batman is in full danger. This one will be a pyrrhic victory for sure at best. No one is coming out all touchy feely here especially not after the death of Jim Gordon.
Harley remains a great character I’m loving the bond with Bruce. It adds something special. Like a more adult version of the classic Batman the Animated Series episode “Harlequinade”. They finally made Jean Paul Valley a worthy wearer of the Azrael mantle. He is so good it’s like this is what the creators should have envisioned all along, but I will take it now.
Murphy also crafts a great mystery of Gotham, a city which has seen almost every mystery possible he found a way to make something new. Suffice to say I think that this is unquestionably the best Batman title going at the moment. No I do NOT WANT DC to put him on the regular title as they would only water him down and ruin all this goodness.
With only a few issues left and Mr Murphy already eyeing a sequel, one has to wonder if their will be anything left? Who cares? I just want more of this now. Please. Score: 9.5  Highly Recommended.

Superman #17 (DC) Boy, Bendis has sure been off and on with this title, but thankfully when all eyes are on this, he is so ON. This is the big coming out issue. Yep I know, I hear ya, hasn’t this been done before? Well definitely not as well. Supes holds a big press conference to spill his secret ID but then we get the handy dandy flashback of why he has come to this momentus conclusion. We get great solo moments with Perry and Jimmy and they make the book worth it alone. No matter what side of the fence you are on this one (Batman I’m looking at you) you can at least see Clark’s justification. Finally not since the Death of Superman, do we have something new and truly Super for the Man of Steel to handle. No Crisis, No Zero Hour, or New Krypton or even sigh.. Leviathan, this has all the potential to be something special we will recall for ages. I just I was wise reupping my subscription to the Daily Planet because I want every single page of this story.
Also Ivan Reis is the best Superman artist since Dan Jurgens. Period. Change my mind. Score: 9  Recommended

Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).